Right in the center of Downtown Rochester, the Peace Plaza is a hub of hustle and bustle. During a typical day, people enjoy the sound of the water overflowing the fountain in an otherwise busy atmosphere. It's a great place to sit and take a breath during a long day in the summertime. Take in the quiet beauty of the birds rising up with the fountain's water into the air from every angel in this walkable downtown location.
Get in touch with your Franciscan side and visit the historical St. Mary's hospital for a look at St. Francis & the Birds. The sculpture rests within an inner courtyard of the hospital and is yet another site for peaceful thinking. Charles E. Gagnon even used a real Franciscan robe in order to ensure the sculpture appeared as lifelike as possible. The base the sculpture rests on is a travertine marble brought from Winona, MN, making this sculpture a regional experience as well as an artistic one.
This particular crucifix hangs where many can enjoy the curve of the sculpture. The Jesus-figure hangs outstretched on an open-back cross that allows the light to work all around the sculpture. The figure on the cross is also a great example of the curves and arches of the human body that much of Gagnon's work emphasizes.
4. Living Sculptures at Thursdays on First
Like a good ol' arts and music festival? Thursdays on First in Rochester, MN is where it's at. Amidst the charming live music and delicious food vendors, discover Gagnon's sculpture coming to life! This year, young actors have adopted poses from original sculpture at the museum, offering a thorough and interactive preview of what the museum has to offer.
Visiting the Mayo building for an appointment or heading to work? Check out this hidden sculpture of "Dancer Stretching." Gagnon was incredibly inspired by ballet and dancers; throughout his life, he enjoyed taking in the elegant movement of the dance. "Dancer Stretching" captures his passion for the body's movement. The sculpture is located on the eleventh floor of the Mayo building in Downtown Rochester.